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Get to Know Rhode Island Hospital's New President

On February 1, Saul N. Weingart, MD, joined Lifespan as the president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. A former primary care physician, Dr. Weingart previously served as chief medical officer and senior vice president of medical affairs for Tufts Medical Center and Tufts Children’s Hospital in Boston. He shared some personal information and insights in a recent interview.

Family: His wife, Sindy, sons Ben, recently graduated from Northeastern, and Jonah, a sophomore at the University of Michigan—and a Tibetan terrier named Nick.

Hobbies: Watching Netflix with his sons and practicing Shotokan karate. He recently earned his third-degree black belt.

Research interest: Understanding the role of patient engagement in improving health care safety and quality.

His start in medicine: “I went to medical school in my 30s, to my wife’s chagrin, looking for a career that offered the opportunity to make a direct and immediate impact. The longitudinal relationships you build with patients over many years are very gratifying. It’s been great—and I haven’t looked back.”

First impressions of Rhode Island Hospital: “There is an incredible commitment to care here. People like each other, love their patients, and like the work, which means we are all focused on the purpose. Academic medical centers such as Rhode Island Hospital are the greatest—they provide cutting edge care, serve the community and are a safety net, all while being an incubator for the next generation of physicians.”